Heavy Rain was Set to Have an ARG Component Which Was Cancelled

After the release of Beyond: Two Souls, the next Quantic Dream game to get a current generation update is Heavy Rain. It appears that there once was an ARG component to the game at one point in development, though it was cancelled.

Talking to Play Magazine in their latest issue Futurlab’s James Marsden revealed:

“They got us working on a different project – work for hire if you like, using the ARG approach for one of their first party titles,” Marsden told us. “That was Heavy Rain”.

“They were looking for ways to increase participation with fans in the run up to launch,” Marsden explained, pointing to the success of Halo 2’s I Love Bees viral marketing campaign as something that got companies thinking about how they could use ARGs.

On why this ARG component was cancelled, Marsden reveals:

 “There were questions about whether it was actually worth the effort and cost to run them,” said Mardsen. “The global financial crisis didn’t help and there was some misunderstandings between the different teams we were working with.”

It looks like Marsden will have much more to reveal about Heavy Rain, so people who are looking forward to the release of the game on PlayStation 4 should no doubt read the full interview when it is released. For now, we just have that little teaser to wet our appetite.

With the Beyond: Two Souls being an impressive upgrade to the game, the release of Heavy Rain will no doubt be highly anticipated. We’ll no doubt hear more about it and the games’ development history in the run-up to the release.

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